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Saturday, January 16, 2016

BSNL Offers Free Missed Call Alert Service (MCA) to All Mobile Customers



India’s National Telecom backbone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) provides Missed Call Alert (MCA) service. This service (MCA) is Free to all BSNL Mobile Customers except those from North Zone. Missed Call Alert Service is a Value Added Service which allows a BSNL Prepaid or Postpaid Mobile Customer to retrieve their Missed Call details via SMS, when the customer is in out of coverage area or when the users mobile runs out of battery.


BSNL Missed Call Alert (MCA) service will inform the mobile customer about the details of their missed calls such as the call timings, the number of missed calls and thereby helping them to call back and get in touch. BSNL provides Missed Call Alert Sevice Free of cost to all BSNL Mobile Customers except North Zone.

Procedure for Activation of BSNL Missed Call Alert (MCA) Service

To activate Free Missed Call Alert service,BSNL customers may 'Divert Voice Calls when Out of Coverage Area' to the number '+9117010'.

How to Divert Voice Calls for BSNL Missed Call Alert Service 
  • Go to Settings
  • Select : Call settings
  • Select : Call divert/Call Forward
  • Select : 'Divert when Out of Coverage Area' (Options may differ from phone to phone )
  • Type the Number +9117010
  • Save the settings
Some handsets allows the customers to activate the Missed Call Alert(MCA) Service by  dialing the code: **62*+9117010#

Procedure for De-Activation of BSNL Missed Call Alert (MCA)
  • Go to Settings
  • Select : Call settings
  • Select : Call divert / Call Forward
  • Select : When Unreachable
  • Delete the number +9117010
  • Save the settings
Some handsets allows the customers to de-activate the Missed Call Alert(MCA) Service by  dialing the code: ##002#
Private operators are currently charging their customers at the rate of Rs.30 / month for providing Missed Call Alert Service. BSNL Missed Call Alert Service is available to North Zone Customers at a nominal cost of Rs.15 / month. The activation / de-activation procedures are common for all BSNL customers irrespective of their Telecom Circle / Zone.

Readers, have you activated this Free Missed Call Alert service from BSNL? Just compare similar service, which was offered by private operator

Broadband Offer For Government Employees Scheme



BROADBAND OFFER FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES SCHEME

From
    ………………………………………………………..
    ………………………………………………………..
    ………………………………………………………..
    ………………..………………………………………

Dear Sir,
Sub : BSNL promotional offer availing reg.

     I would like to avail the discount of 20% in Broadband Service charges applicable for the government employees. Please find the enclosed undertaking countersigned by the Drawing and Disbursing Officer. My existing connection details is given below.

Telephone Number :
Exchange :
Customer ID :
Date:
Signature of Employee

Undertaking by the Drawing and Disbursing Officer

Certified that SHRI/SHRIMATI/KUM …………………………………………………………………………………….                                                         of is a temporary/permanent employee of this (office address)…………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………… from……………………………………….. (date) …………………and is at present holding the post of  …………………………………………………..  It is certified that this organization is a central / State Government / Public Sector / undertaking / statutory body. The Identity Card Number of Shri/Smt……………………................. is………………………………………….. This is issued for the purpose of availing the promotional offer for the government employees on BSNL broadband connection.

Ref. No.&
Date …………                                                                 
  Name, Designation & address

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ഇന്ത്യയിലെ 160 വര്‍ഷം പഴക്കമുള്ള ടെലിഗ്രാം യുഗം 14-07-2013 രാത്രി 9 മണിയോടെ അവസാനിച്ചു

ടെലിഗ്രാം യുഗം വിസ്മൃതിയില്‍ 
 V P Sujeendra Babu's photo.
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ഇന്ത്യയിലെ 160 വര്‍ഷം പഴക്കമുള്ള ടെലിഗ്രാം യുഗം 14-07-2013 രാത്രി 9 മണിയോടെ അവസാനിച്ചു. മൊബൈലിന്റേയും ഇന്റര്‍നെറ്റിന്റേയും യുഗത്തില്‍ അവയ്‌ക്കൊപ്പം എത്താന്‍ ഓടിത്തളര്‍ന്ന ടെലിഗ്രാമിന് സാധിക്
കാത്തതാണ് പൊതുമേഖല സ്ഥാപനമായ ബിഎസ്എന്‍എല്ലിനെ ടെലിഗ്രാം സേവനം അവസാനിപ്പിക്കുക എന്ന തീരുമാനത്തില്‍ എത്തിച്ചത്.
കുറെക്കാലമായി നഷ്ടത്തിലാണ് ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ടെലിഗ്രാം സര്‍വീസ് ഓടിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. 100 കോടി ചെലവുള്ള ടെലിഗ്രാം സര്‍വീസില്‍ നിന്നും ബിഎസ്എന്‍എല്ലിനു ലഭിക്കുന്ന വാര്‍ഷിക വരുമാനം ആകെ 75 ലക്ഷം മാത്രമാണ്.
ഇന്ത്യയില്‍ ആദ്യമായി കൊല്‍ക്കത്തയില്‍ നിന്നും ഡയമണ്ട് ഹാര്‍ബറിലേക്ക് 1850 ല്‍ സര്‍വീസ് നടത്തിയാണ് ടെലിഗ്രാം അതിന്റെ പ്രയാണം ആരംഭിക്കുന്നത്. പിന്നീട് 1854 ല്‍ ബ്രിട്ടീഷ് ഈസ്റ്റ് ഇന്ത്യ കമ്പനി ഇത് പൊതു ജനങ്ങള്‍ക്കായി വിട്ടുകൊടുത്തു. ഇന്ത്യയിലെമ്പാടുമായി ഇപ്പോള്‍ 75 ടെലിഗ്രാം സെന്ററുകളാണുള്ളത്. ഇവിടങ്ങളിലുള്ള ജോലിക്കാരുടെ എണ്ണമാകട്ടെ വെറും 1000 ത്തില്‍ താഴെയും.
ടെലിഗ്രാം സര്‍വീസ് നിര്‍ത്തരുത് എന്നാവശ്യപ്പെട്ട് കൊണ്ട് കോഴിക്കോട്ടെ ഒരു സംഘം വിദ്യാര്‍ഥികള്‍ ചേര്‍ന്ന് രാഷ്ട്രപത്രിക്ക് ടെലിഗ്രാം അയച്ച വാര്‍ത്ത‍ നമ്മള്‍ വായിച്ചിരിക്കും. എന്നാല്‍ ടെലിഗ്രാമിന്റെ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ നിലയില്‍ രാഷ്ട്രപതിക്കും അതിനെ സംരക്ഷിക്കുവാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല എന്ന സ്ഥിതിയാണ്. എന്നിരുന്നാലും ടെലിഗ്രാമിനെ യാത്രയയക്കാന്‍ നിരവധി പേരാണ് അവസാനദിവസം ടെലിഗ്രാം സെന്ററില്‍ എത്തിയത്. വിസ്മൃതിയില്‍ മറയുന്ന ടെലിഗ്രാമിലൂടെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ടവര്‍ക്ക് അവസാനമായി ടെലിഗ്രാം അയക്കുകയാണ് പലരും.

163-year-old Telegram service to close forever at 9 pm on 14-07-2013



NEW DELHI: The 163-year old telegram service in the country - the harbinger of good and bad news for generations of Indians - is dead.


Once the fastest means of communication for millions of people, the humble telegram was today buried without any requiem but for the promise of preserving the last telegram as a museum piece.



Nudged out by technology - SMS, emails, mobile phones - the iconic service gradually faded into oblivion with less and less people taking recourse to it.



Started in 1850 on an experimental basis between Koklata and Diamond Harbour, it was opened for use by the British East India Company the following year. In 1854, the service was made available to the public.



It was such an important mode of communication in those days that revolutionaries fighting for the country's independence used to cut the telegram lines to stop the British from communicating.



Old timers recall that receiving a telegram would be an event itself and the messages were normally opened with a sense of trepidation as people feared for the welfare of their near and dear ones.



For jawans and armed forces seeking leave or waiting for transfer or joining reports, it was a quick and handy mode of communication.



Lawyers vouched for the telegrams as they were registered under the Indian Evidence Act and known for their credibility when presented in court.


Bollywood was not to be left behind and immortalized the service with many sudden turns in films being announced by the advent of the 'taar'.


Pockets of rural India still use the service but with the advent of technology and newer means of communication, the telegram found itself edged out.



"The service will start at 8am and close by 9pm tonight," BSNL CMD RK Upadhyay said. "The service will not be available from Monday."



State-run telecom firm BSNL had decided to discontinue telegrams following a huge shortfall in revenue. The service generated about Rs 75 lakh annually, compared with the cost of over Rs 100 crore to run and manage it.



Telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal had said last month that "We will bid it a very warm farewell and may be the last telegram sent should be a museum piece. That's the way in which we can bid it a warm farewell."



There are about 75 telegram centres in the country, with less than 1,000 employees to manage them. BSNL will absorb these employees and deploy them to manage mobile services, landline telephony and broadband services.



Faced with declining revenue, the government had revised telegram charges in May 2011, after a gap of 60 years. Charges for inland telegram services were hiked to Rs 27 per 50 words.



Within a short time of BSNL handling telegram services in 1990s, the PSU had a rift with the Department of Posts following which telegrams were accepted as phonograms from various villages and other centres from telephone consumers.
Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i

Friday, June 28, 2013

Send your last 'taars' by July 15


HYDERABAD: For those who have never sent or received a telegram and planned to post one later, the time is running out fast. The curtains will come down on the 160-year-old telegraph services, with the BharatSancharNigam Limited (BSNL) announcing its closure a few weeks ago. The last day to send out telegrams (taars) is July 15.
The fall in revenue from the telegraph servicesover the years has eventually led to its absolute shutdown. "Like in other cities, in Hyderabad too the usage of the telegraph has declined drastically over the past few years. The service was being used quite frequently even till a decade ago," said M Seshachalam, additional general manager of telegraph services at BSNL, AP Circle. "Lately, it was being observed that telegrams were being sent mostly for legal purposes and for invitations for social events such as weddings," he added.
After being under the umbrella of the postal services since the 1850s, telegraph services were merged with the telecommunication department around two decades ago and some officials believe that is when telegram started losing to new-age technology. A telegram message is charged by the number of words it contains which is fixed at Rs 27 for every 50 words.
Once considered the most popular mode of long distance communication, the telegram and the telegraph machine will soon become historical artifacts to be preserved for future generations to see as curios. "The archival value of the telegram service will definitely increase now. It was one of the first means of communication and will have a special place in the conservation of India's history," said eminent historian Narendra Luther.
However, the youngsters in the city are largely of the view that phasing out of the telegraph was a natural step. "It is an obsolete means of communication. With mobile phones and the internet, there is no use of the telegraph," said 25-year-old finance professional Neha Paul.
But some fondly reminisce of the days before the mobile phone and the World Wide Web, when the taar was one of the few modes of communication available. "The telegram is not as fast as today's means of communication but no one can deny the feeling of warmth you get when receiving a telegram holding good news," said KLK Shastry, 79, a retired postmaster.


Friday, October 19, 2012

How to deactivate BSNL Caller tune



How to deactivate BSNL Caller tune ? Is BSNL Caller tune worth for the money ?
BSNL Caller tune doesnot seems to be good. One main reason is the cost is high, Rs 20 + Rs 12 every month.
Once you opt for the BSNL caller tune, when the caller calls, most of the time the caller will hear advertisement for their caller tune service. Before playing the song it says, "intha paattu ungalaukku pidichirintha udane star keyya press pannunga, copy pannunga" which means, if you like this song, press star immediately to copy this song to set it as your caller tune.
Why should we play advertisement for them after paying. The other reason is, most of the time it doesn't play song, it just rings as usual tring...tring...I set caller tune to my mobile at home most of the time I don't hear caller tune though we have sufficient balance in that mobile. Yes, for prepaid mobile, you might know that for activating the tune you should have minimum balance of Rs 50, but might not know that you should have a minimum balance of Rs 50 to play the caller tune. Once your balance comes comes below Rs 50, the caller tune will not be heared. Thats what the customer care executive told me.
Yes, for deactivating too you need Rs 50 minimum balance. And it takes minimum 24 hrs to deactivate after sending sms.
To deactivate
To deactivate sms BT DACT to 56700. You will be charged Rs 2 for sms. If your message fails saying, "Message not sent, try again later", you may have less than Rs 50 in your account.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

BSNL launches landline phones with video call facility


State-run BSNL, in partnership with SIS Infosystems, today launched telephones with video calling facility which will primarily be used to set up public Video Call Offices by replacing many of the PCOs. 

"We will convert existing Public Call Offices (PCOs) to VCOs with these phones. People will be able to make voice calls to any phone and video calls to any other IP (internet based) phone," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay told reporters here. 

He said that most of the revenue of BSNL comes from landline phones and this new services is one of the initiative to increase company's revenue. 

BSNL will charge Rs 3 for 45 second video call made from VCO which will include 30 per cent commission for the franchise owner. 

"There will be no need to use computers for making video calls for user of these video phones," Upadhyay said. 

BSNL's Senior General Manager for Broadband, A K Jain said that around 770 PCOs have confirmed to shift their business to VCOs and the target is to have 10,000 VCOs set-up across the country. 

The service was inaugurated by Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda who stressed on the use of video phones to reach rural masses. 

"It will bridge the gap between urban and rural India. This will be a platform for growth as this network can be used for purposes like job interview, tele-medicine, tele-education and host of other services," Pitroda said. 

BSNL will provide various categories of VCO franchisees based on the services that a franchisee owners wants to provide. 

SIS officials said that people looking for franchisee will have to pay for VCO devices which starts from Rs 25,000 and will have to sign an agreement for the business. 

An official said VCOs having medical devices attached to it for remote diagnosis of a patient will also be made available. Many other services will be launched shortly for which prices will differ.


Source : The Economic Times

HOW TO CHECK BSNL BROAD BAND USAGE



If you are using BSNL broadband limited plans, then it is wise to monitor your broadband usage to avoid extra payment. So here are three ways to check your bsnl broadband usage.

1)Create a user name and password in 

http://selfcare.sdc.bsnl.co.in/selfcare  

Select the option User Registration(for Existing BSNL Customers)

Here Customer ID is necessary. It will be printed on the telephone Bill.

After creating User name and password in this site, logon using the user name and password. 

Select the option Service.  

My services will be displayed.

You can select the options 

Check My Broadband Billed Usage Details

Check My Broadband Unbilled Usage Details     

 

2) CHECK CURRENT BSNL BROADBAND USAGE ONLINE

You can check the dataone broadband usage directly at BSNL broadband usage portal website.
Go to this page
Login with your portal id and password. If you don�t have portal id and password, get it by contacting your BSNL Broadband customer care. Phone no 1800-424-1600.
After logging in click on View your Postpaid usage or Prepaid usage based on your dataone broadband plan.
Select Service Broadband
Then select the month to know the your broadband usage


3)GET FREE BSNL BROADBAND USAGE SOFTWARE

Download this software from here and install. This software uses the BSNL broadband usage site data, so you need to have portal id and password.
This software� gives the data in bar chart format. It also� has a broadband usage calculator which shows the cost for additional usage according to your broadband plan etc. This will help you to monitor and control your broadband usage.

4) GET THE BSNL BROADBAND USAGE� WEEKLY ALERT BY SMS

Are you shocked by BSNL broadband usage bills ?

You can register AT  http://bbusage.bsnl.in/  

You can also register yourself for getting free sms alerts on your mobile regarding broadband usage/excess by sending an sms.
 REG Landline number with std code to 52295 ( if you are a BSNL customer).If you are not a bsnl customer send the sms to 9448077777.
 Eg REG 08012345678 where 080 is std code and 12345678 is the telephone number.

5)To check the Broadband Usage of your Account Via SMS

Just SMS “BBU Land line Number” prefixed with the STD Code (EG BBU 04423456789)  to the following numbers:


52295: For BSNL Mobile Customers.


9448077777: For Any Other Mobile Customers other than BSNL.

Note: This service is completely free, and you will be charged only for the SMS, based on your operator SMS charges.

Courtesy : http://infobytes.in  via : http://systemassistant.blogspot.in/

Monday, September 17, 2012

BSNL Offers 20% Discount to Central Government employees and Pensioners...




BSNL Offers 20% Discount to Central Government employees and Pensioners...
BSNL offers 20% special discount to Central and State Government employees and Pensioners on usage and rental charges on Wireless Broadband (WiMAX) Postpaid connections.
In order to increasing of broadband services with grace to all serving and retired Central Govt., State Govt. and PSU employees, visually impaired, BSNL staff, BSNL has announced a special discount scheme of 20% discount on usage and rental postpaid wireless broadband services.
BSNL already provided the scheme of 20% discount on usage and rental for WiMAX postpaid connections provided under WI 750 (Limited 4GB upto 2 Mbps) and HOWI 750 (Unlimited-512 Kbps) plans with effect from April 2012, in addition to the same, now BSNL has decided to offer the same 20% discount on usage of rental of WiMAX postpaid connections under plans WI 220, WI 350, HOWI 999, as a promotional measure for 90 days with effect from 1.10.2012.
The above said discount schemes should not be clubbed with any other special discount or concession schemes and the discount scheme is not applicable to prepaid plans.
The eligible subscribers of BSNL, serving employees must obtain approval from their Head of Department in the prescribed application form.

Courtesy : http://90paisa.blogspot.in

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Iindia Govt To Give One Mobile Phone Free to Every BPL Family With 200 minutes Talk Time



The Government is finalizing a Rs. 7000 crore scheme to give one Mobile Phone to every family living below the poverty line (BPL Family) with 200 minutes of local calls worth Rs. 100 for free, as some media sources claims.

The scheme will be called as Har Hath Mein Phone is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 15 during 65th Independence Day, this scheme will help 28 million poor people (6 million family) across India to have access to free connectivity.
Sources claims that 50% cost of “Har Hath Mein Phone” scheme will be funded from the Department of Telecommunication’s Universal Service Obligation (USO) funds and rest of 50% of the cost of the scheme is likely to come from the bidder who gets the right to provide mobile phone service (Prepaid SIM Card) and the remaining 50% from the USO fund. The USO fund is meant for providing access to phone services to people in rural and remote areas at affordable prices.
The PMO is directly involved with the Planning Commission, PM’s advisor Sam Pitroda and Telecom Ministry in giving a final shape to this scheme. The Planning Commission and DoT have been asked to submit a final workable solution for this scheme by August 10, so that the Prime Minister can announce the scheme on 65th Independence Day – August 15.
Do you think mobile phone is need of the hour for poor people when the country is heading towards drought? Do share your views via comments.

Monday, July 30, 2012

TRAI Directs Telecom Service Providers to Provide Adequate Information to Broadband Consumers




In order to ensure transparency in delivery of broadband services and to protect interests of consumers in the telecom sector, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued directions to telecom service providers for delivering broadband services in a transparent manner by providing adequate information to the broadband consumers about various plans and Fair Usage Policy (FUP). 

Through this direction, telecom service providers have been asked to provide adequate information on Fair Usage Policy (FUP); to ensure that speed of broadband connection is not reduced below the minimum speed specified and to provide alert to consumers when their data usage reaches 80% and 100% of the data usage limit bundled with the plan.

This direction has already been placed on TRAI website- www.trai.gov.in 

Source : PIB

Thursday, July 19, 2012

BSNL Partners With State Bank of India, Launches USSD Based ‘Mobile Money’ Services


India’s National Telecom Backbone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and State Bank of India (SBI) today announced a partnership for extending banking and payment services (Mobile Money) to India’s unbanked millions through the ubiquitous USSD SMS based mobile platform.




With the partnership announced today BSNL customers having their account with State Bank of India (SBI) can enjoy Mobile Banking facility with all banking transactions including Money Transfer, Mobile to Mobile Fund Transfer, Balance Inquiry, Mobile Top-Up/Recharge, Mini Statement, Checkbook issuance, Prepaid Mobile Recharge and Postpaid Bill payment and lot more just for Rs. 15 per month. The service will be work over USSD based SMS system.
Earlier SBI offering an SMS or GPRS m-banking service called SBI FreedoM for mobile banking.The new USSD based Mobile Money service is instant, easy to use and work without any Mobile Internet service facility on mobile phone.
The BSNL Postpaid or Prepaid customers will have to register for the services with SBI. The user has to dial *595# to view simple menu choices and key-in your choice (check below PPT for details). Customers will be able to view account balance, get mini statements, do Fund Transfer, change MPIN or recharge their mobile account. He will also receive confirmation regarding successful transaction over USSD SMS.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A new Internet divide

The dispute between small ISPs and Centre reflects the weakness of the Internet economy
Imagine a network of private highways that are reserved only for Fords to zip through, devoid of any other brands. Think of the prices Ford could charge. Think of what would happen to innovation when building the best car mattered less than cutting a deal with the highway’s owners.

These were the words of Tim Wu, a Columbia law school professor, who warned members of a U.S. House judiciary committee that this could be the fate of the Internet.  That world might not be too far off. Last month, the government decided to levy on stand-alone Internet service providers (ISPs) a licence fee of 4 per cent of their adjusted gross revenue (AGR). This is a huge jump from earlier notional licence fee of Re 1 only.
For bigger players who provide telecom and Internet-telephony services, such as Airtel or BSNL, the fee will be 7 per cent - a one percentage point hike from the earlier 6 per cent.
With this order, the government has unwittingly become the de-facto controller of the private highway, allowing big telecom companies to rule the roost on the roads, pushing smaller and mid-sized ISP’s into the ground.
Independent and local ISP’s operate on thin margins, and cannot absorb the cost of such a levy. The result will be an increase in prices for their small, lower to middle-class, customer base.
The emerging dispute between small ISPs and the government underscores the core weakness of the Internet economy. In order for millions of Indian citizens to reach the multitude of online services that compete for their attention, they must first get past the bottleneck that is not competitive at all: broadband access.
The decision to levy such a fee is driven by the government’s intent to address alleged underreporting of revenue by the large companies that derive most of their revenues from telecom services. Telecom licences attract larger revenue shares of up to 10 per cent. The government has found some of these companies reporting their telecom revenues under the Internet to pay a lower fee.
“Instead of taking action against the big players for their wrong-doings and failing to audit them properly, they are penalizing the smaller ISPs. This is a disaster. An increase of four per cent of the annual licence fee would cascade and lead to an effective fee of 21-28 per cent as smaller ISPs would be taxed multiple times, as we purchase bandwidth from the telcos,” said said Rajesh Charia, president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI).

THIN MARGINS

For most independent ISPs, small margins are inevitable in an era of dropping broadband prices due to competition even as last-mile costs such as setting up infrastructure have remained more or less unchanged over the years.
“For instance, if I wanted to give a 2 mb line to a company which is 10 km away from my point of presence, ten years ago, we would charge around Rs. 37 lakhs with the last-mile costs being Rs 1 lakh.
The same job now, we would only be able to charge Rs 1 lakh for it, with last-mile costs being Rs 50,000,” said Manoj Aggarwal, CEO, Karuturi Networks, a Bangalore-based ISP with annual revenue of Rs.7 crore.
“Our earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margins, which were once around 33 per cent, have already dropped to less than 10 per cent. If this fee comes into place, this business cannot stay viable. We are too small to be able to absorb this, many small ISPs will have to wind up as customers will choose bigger companies instead,” said Mr. Aggarwal
Today, most Indians have a choice of at most three broadband providers – BSNL, Airtel and MTNL – which control over 80 per cent of the subscriber base.
For slightly bigger stand-alone ISPs, such as Tikona or Sify which boast revenues of over Rs.100 crore, all that remains is a waiting game to decide whether to pass on the cost to the consumer, or try to absorb some of it.
“At a time when this industry requires encouragement, this fee seems rather puzzling. Either way, once the big players such as BSNL decide on how much to decide to absorb and how much to increase prices by, we will be forced to follow suit. As they control the majority of the landscape – we can only mimic their actions in the coming days,” said Prakash Bajpai, CEO and Managing Director, Tikona Digital Private Networks Ltd.
While the ISPAI is intent on approaching the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to challenge this new fee, officials at the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) maintain that the decision was an inclusive process.
“It (decision to hike the fee) has been done on the basis of the Minister and the TRAI which has had a round-table conference with all the stake-holders concerned,” said Mr. Nitin Jain, Deputy Director General, Data Service, DoT, while refusing to comment further.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The debate, however, has brought into light other policies which are highly skewed in favour of bigger players. Voice-data services are out-of-bounds for small to mid-sized ISP’s, as it usually requires a licence fee, which they cannot afford.
“By April 13 2013, this fee will be equal for all ISPs – a grand 8 per cent. If the government wishes to treat all ISPs equally, why aren’t we allowed to compete and offer Virtual Private Networks or Internet Protocol-TV?
Currently I would have to pay a licence fee anywhere between to Rs. 5 crore and 10 crore just to start offering these services,” said EVS Chakravarty, CEO, YOU broadband Ltd.
Back in the 1960’s in the U.S, Bell Telephones forced users to connect to their networks with only its devices.
When the courts forced Bell to give up this monopoly, it unleashed a wave of innovation that brought about the device that allowed most of the world to explore the Internet: the modem. Such innovations in the Indian broadband space require an open playing field, something the government should strive for.
Source : thehindu.com dtd 09/07/2012